Terror attack on Globatron!

Today, in an act of blind cowardice, former contributors James Greene and Mark Creegan logged in and deleted years of content containing his name and the name of Valuistics.  This act makes clear that when a few artists speak openly about art and its relationship with society, in an open and challenging way, those whose primary motivation is security will strike against the creative freedom that some cherish.  These two contributors are members of academia and were consistently opposed to our search for underlying principles and accountability in the arts, and their conspiratorial actions evidence of a fear of being tied to our site, a site that is openly challenging the system within which they work.

For those of us who still believe that the arts require an openness and enthusiasm for rigorous exchange, we find these actions in conflict with a position of authority and power.  One of the theses that drive our investigation is a belief that the university system, because of its ties to the American corporate culture, and the credit industry, nurtures mediocrity and conformity.  Today’s act of concealment and destruction leads us to believe we are going in the right direction.  I am very sorry that Mark felt that because he was a contributor to a local art blog and that because a few other members had differing opinions, that somehow he was in danger.  That reflects more on his employer than it does on Globatron.  For those of you out there who believe in what we are doing, have no fear, we are determined in our cause, because we believe what we are doing is liberating for those who rightly want to be protected to do their creative work.  But we do not have to give up our rights of free expression just because we are artists.  In fact, being an artist starts with this bottom line.

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  1. kathyjackson
    April 6, 2009

    Mr.Akbar, Now that frank is gone and mark is gone and james is gone.
    You are now only talking to Byron, who is Globatron and morrison, who is not a very smart person and very sad looking.
    It seems to me that maybe you and globatron, need some Kathy Jackson love.
    I love all of the laws and think that art is too crazy!
    The globatron video is my favorite part of this site.
    More GLOBATRON! MORE GLOBATRON!

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  2. Byron King
    April 6, 2009

    Thanks Kathy. Really appreciate it. One thing though, is I must
    stand up for Morrison. He’s actually pretty brilliant. Only one who doesn’t know him personally could say something like that.

    I must say we’d love some Kathy Jackson action but please try and be more tolerant. Morrison has done a ton of posts for Globatron and is a founding member. He helped me with the name, and the entire concept of the site. Yes that concept is ever evolving but I’ve had discussions with Morrison for hours about Globatron. He might not comment or post as much as he used to but he reads it daily and just a few weeks ago did that great interview with the Cirque de Soleil Creative Director.
    http://www.globatron.org/interviews/cirque-de-soleils-carmen-ruest

    I’m all for new participation and contributors but if nothing has been learned from all of this is that the contributors of Globatron are truly tolerant of others. And calling someone not smart isn’t in my book of tolerance.

    I’m excited you are interested though and for your support of the Chicken Wire project. Thank you.

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  3. Byron King
    April 6, 2009

    Also, I got all of the content Mark tried to delete, back within one hour on a database restore. So the site has not lost any of that content. Losing any of the content at all, loses continuity from post to post. Themes build and one post creates the other sort of.

    I’m still amazed Mark would log in and attempt to erase James and his involvement in something they’ve helped build for two years.

    Words can not express my disappointment in them.

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  4. Gerald
    April 6, 2009

    Interesting…

    He definitely should have atleast warned you that he was going to do it….

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  5. why
    April 6, 2009

    maybe the act of destruction was in fact an artistic statement?

    who knows… i surely dont… but its sad when drama strikes… drama is not art, well, then again maybe it is the art of those who don’t know how to express themselves improperly, properly

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  6. Akbar Lightning
    April 6, 2009

    i’m not sure i agree with you ‘why’, i mean drama is a very important aspect of almost all the artistic fields, the tension of something that is unresolved. this drama is certainly not a personal one, it is an intellectual one.

    your declarative statements reveal a belief system, feel free to extrapolate that for us. what is the proper way to express oneself? that is exactly what we are looking for, as you imply.

    akbar

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  7. why
    April 6, 2009

    the drama i refer to is the whama-drama mindset perpetuated by most reality TV.

    Its the focus on selfish in the sphere of reality. It is externalizing all your issues as preeminent and make everyone involved suffer.

    the entire “my immediate needs surpass reality as a whole” mindset needs to be addressed. These people need to be put in their place instead of celebritized.

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  8. Akbar Lightning
    April 6, 2009

    oh gotcha why, i was taking it in the opposite, good clarification. i agree with that 100 percent.

    there is a pandemic infantalization in our world, the tv perpetuates that.

    yeah, ‘why’, you are dead on, the ‘my needs’ thing is what we are saying relativism is a smoke-screen for. the problem is the artists think they are getting something out of it, but really they are the ones getting screwed.

    yes,
    akbar

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  9. morrison
    April 6, 2009

    and byron thought i was you that’s great more insults delete the employed

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  10. Chris
    April 7, 2009

    Hello all, it has been awhile since I left any footprints or comments here, but in all the comments on Mark’s actions, There is an obvious
    absence of anyone asking the Big Question.
    Why? What caused him to do the deletions? He obviously is distancing
    himself from this organization. An e-mail was sent by him to a number
    of people declaring his intentions, and the fact that he no longer
    wanted to be associated with the organization.
    When you see talented, articulate people such as him jumping
    overboard, it might cause one to examine the condition of the boat.

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  11. Byron King
    April 7, 2009

    I’d love to read that email Chris. Please forward it to me. He was man enough to email a number of people but not tell people he has built a collaborative creative trust with for over two years.

    I mean just a couple of days earlier he did a music video theme song for globatron with Akbar.

    But you are right. The question should be why? And I believe we answered that already. The way I see it, he’s not willing to stand by our side and ask the important questions but would rather hide any affiliation with the blog because we are asking profound questions of academia as an art project that have made him fearful of his position. I get it.

    Instead of saying he doesn’t support the project, (which by all means would have been enough) he sneaks in and deletes all his content plus Valuistics, emails a number of people talking about his break up with us, and then dips out. Don’t you see the irony in any of this. They are both professors that have spoke of relativiity in the arts and how everyone’s viewpoint is correct. And as soon as we cross some sort of invisible line we are virtually divorced.

    The boat is strong as an ox Chris. I wish you were on board. Always have. There’s always a place on it for you.

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  12. Akbar Lightning
    April 7, 2009

    Chris, Mark’s act was a political act, and it represented certain predispositions concerning how artists ‘ought’ to relate to each other and to the power structure. we never forced anybody to engage in our discussions. we defended the arguments we were making against people who found our discussions disturbing for some reason. there were obvious ironies there that we think are artistically relevant. Mark’s political action has nothing to do with art, it has only to do with a sense of propriety, which is itself an adherence to a set of unspoken expectations about behavior. it is an admonition and that contradicts the tolerance that many like him were arguing for. we never asked anybody to adhere to our beliefs, in fact we were constantly asking people to stay on, to post their own stuff, and just build their own Globatron art projects. the sensitivity of these subjects is something we ought to all think about, not as if byron and I are responsible, but if our viewpoints were so regressive and objectionable, wouldn’t they be easy to ignore? instead many found it irresistible to engage. Why? because these issues have not been decided. History is not over, even though many artists want to pretend that the argument over artistic truth was had and the judgments were final and that’s that. well, i find that oppressive. and when i spoke about it, i was attacked by those who are succored by the academy, and contributors left in fear. this cannot be ignored by anyone who has an interest in art and culture. this is a damn good project, and these tensions are good for all of us to consider.

    akbar

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  13. jackson
    April 7, 2009

    I’ve been teetering on the fence of whether or not to comment with my 2 cents. I do have a few thoughts on the matter that I think are worthy of being said. First of all, calling it a terrorist attack is overly dramatic. I think that as contributors to Globatron, they have the right to delete their own content. After all, it is their words and not yours, regardless of it being on your website. Second, have you ever considered the option that maybe the Valuistics content deletion was given the okay by Valuistics? Have you considered the option that it’s not some big political gesture? Maybe they just have differing opinions than your own now and don’t wish to contribute any longer.

    I was invited to be a contributor to Globatron a while ago. I was excited to introduce some local posts to it, because I feel that you are too focused on the national art scene. Our own scene is starting to come together really nicely, and Globatron doesn’t cover even half the local shows or events. One of the turning points in deciding not to be contributor was that many of the local artists I interviewed for my own art blog wanted nothing to do with Globatron. My already hesitant self was decided.

    I wish Globatron the best, but I feel that you could use a less pretentious perspective. Bring it down a notch and stop talking like you’re above anyone else and maybe more people would read and contribute. You don’t have to dissect every little piece you blog about. You don’t have to find hidden meanings in art. What happened to just art for art’s sake? Your most recent post with the quote from Adbusters is a prime example.

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  14. Akbar Lightning
    April 7, 2009

    hoorah, Globatron’s new motto:

    Globatron: Bring it down a notch!

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